A committee within the Presbyterian Church (USA) has recommended that the mainline protestant denomination divest from three companies that do business with Israel.
The Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) recently submitted a report calling for divestment from Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, and Motorola Solutions.
In their report, MRTI argued that the recommendation stemmed from the companies being tied to non-peaceful activities in the Palestinian Territories.
MRTI’s report will next go to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board next month, which will vote on the merit of the recommendations.
William Somplatsky-Jarman, Social Witness Ministries coordinator with the Presbyterian Mission Agency, told The Christian Post that if approved the three companies would not be the only entities for which PC (USA) does not do business with for “moral reasons.”
“It should be added that the Board of Pensions and the Presbyterian Foundation/New Covenant Funds also proscribe investments in alcohol, gambling and manufacturers of hand guns,” said Somplatsky-Jarman. “We are focused on companies involved in non-peaceful pursuits (roadblocks to a just peace) as defined by the General Assembly.”